Sometimes you don't search for the answer to a question before you ask it. It will be closed as duplicate. Should you, the question owner, delete it? While it is good for search engines finding the answer and whatnot, it does take up space on the front page, pushing better questions down. What should be done in this situation?

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    Oh, the irony .
    – j08691
    Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 17:26
  • Is that irony? It tastes like deliberateness to me. It's certainly excellently illustrative. Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 21:26
  • @ElchononEdelson wasn't done on purpose
    – user188031
    Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 23:46
  • It's still excellently illustrative, for which I commend you. Commented Jul 2, 2013 at 23:55

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Nope, leave it in place. Someone might phrase a search along similar lines as the formulation of your question. They find your duplicate and are lead to the main post. That can only ever be positive.